Posted by Marianna Zeidler on Jul 23, 2020
   
New Executive Director, Mark Ingrum shared the enormous challenges he encountered just a couple of months into his new job. Founded in 1976, Riverside Foundation is a not-for-profit, community-based organization serving adults with moderate-to-severe intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Residents are given the opportunity to develop skills and assume responsibilities for real-life work through our Riverside Work and Activity Center (RWA) in nearby Vernon Hills.  Early March 2020, Covid-19 restrictions were put in place affecting all residents and 100+ staff.  Their health was affected and their lives changed. Their developmental training program suffered major setbacks, and all traditionally planned fundraisers were cancelled.  A fundraising campaign and online auction became evermore critical to the over 100 residents with mental and developmental challenges who currently call Riverside Foundation home. In the fall, the Work and Activity center will be moving locations and expanding Riverside Foundation’s programing designed to improve residents’ skill sets, independence and fulfilling lives. Funds will be used to purchase; computers, iPads and supplies for teaching lifelong skills, special furniture designed for limited mobility and handicap equipment, and work training and recreational offerings.  Ongoing help needed:  http://www.riversidefoundation.net/